At Pierce & Shows, we know that the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident can be overwhelming. Even if you are not hurt, you may feel a rush of adrenaline that can make it difficult to think clearly about what to do next. While we hope that you never need to put them into practice, we believe it is a good idea to remind yourself once in a while of the things you need to do following a car accident.
One of the most important steps is to call 911. If there are serious injuries, the dispatcher can send an ambulance, and even in the absence of injuries, it is important to summon law enforcement to the scene and make an accident report.
If you or any of your passengers received visible injuries in the crash, you should take pictures of them in case you need documentation for insurance purposes later. If it is safe to do so, you should also take pictures of the accident scene and the damage your vehicle sustained in the crash.
As soon as you can, you should exchange information with the other driver, including the name of your insurance provider and your policy number, as well as your name and contact information. If possible, try to get pictures of the other car's license plate. Obtain the names and phone numbers of any witnesses to the accident.
After the accident, you should inform your insurance company what happened. Even if you were not at fault, do this as soon as possible after the crash. More information about injuries from motor vehicle accidents is available on our website.